Vladimir Putin bathes in antler blood extracted by painfully hacking off a deer’s horns and is ‘constantly’ accompanied by a doctor specialising in thyroid cancer, reports claim.
The Russian president was introduced to the unusual remedy by now-defence minister Sergei Shoigu, and apparently enjoyed a soak in a ‘bathtub containing an odorant extract from blood-filled deer antlers’ in the mid-2000s.
While there is no concrete proof that the antlers of Altai red deer, native to Siberia, help with body rejuvenation, Putin is said to be a fan following recent theories that he declared war while suffering medical problems hidden from the Russian people.
Vladimir Putin with deer in the Tyva region in Siberia, Russia, pictured on holiday on July 20, 2013
The reports come from investigative media Project (or Proekt) media – blocked in Russia and now functioning from abroad.
It added that the president isn’t the only fan of animal-blood based treatments; a former official said big names in the Kremlin’s elite circle – including Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin and head of Gazprom Alexey Miller – have antler extract flown over.
Other officials are also said to enjoy the Karelian resort Kivach, where they receive daily enemas; a procedure by some hailed for its detoxing benefits.
Bathing in the blood of severed antlers, as well as drinking it, is thought to be a centuries-long tradition in Russia and is also said to exist in China and Korea, according to the Siberian Times.
The alleged benefits of the procedure are a myriad, from ‘age reversal’ for women and increased ‘libido and sexual performance’ for men, the publication adds.
One farm in the Altai mountains on its website said: ‘Extract from red deer antlers acts as a strong tonic, especially for men’s potency.
‘It strengthens the body’s bones, muscles, teeth, eye sight and hearing, cures pleurisy, pneumonia, asthma, joint pain, osteoporosis, and problems with the spine.’
It comes as investigative reports yesterday claimed that Putin always has a thyroid cancer doctor by his side.
While there are claims the antlers of Altai red deer (pictured in a stock photo), native to Siberia, help keep bodies youthful, there is no concrete proof
Putin (pictured) is said to be a fan of antler blood baths following recent theories that he declared war while suffering medical problems hidden from the Russian people
The discovery also comes from Project, which backs speculation about the president’s health.
Surgeon Yevgeny Selivanov, of Moscow’s Central Clinical Hospital, has flown to the Russian leader no less than 35 times in Black Sea resort Sochi, his favourite place of residence.
The respected doctor’s thesis – showing his area of medical expertise – was entitled: ‘Peculiarities of diagnostics and surgical treatment of elderly and senile patients with thyroid cancer’.
ENT surgeon Alexey Shcheglov (marked) is seen by Vladimir Putin’s side during 2014 Sochi Olympics
Surgeon Yevgeny Selivanov (pictured), of Moscow’s Central Clinical Hospital, has flown to the Russian leader no less than 35 times in Black Sea resort Sochi
Vladimir Putin’s five medically-related disappearances
November 2012: Business trips and long-distance flights of the president are canceled, some of Putin’s meetings shown by the Kremlin turn out to be ‘canned food’
March 5 – 15, 2015: Putin does not appear in public, all meetings are ‘canned’ – in other words pre-recorded events were shown with the pretence they were in real time
August 9-16, 2017: The President, with journalists, visits Abkhazia and Sochi, and then for a week the Kremlin publishes only ‘canned food’
February 2018: In the midst of an election campaign, the president cancels public events. Peskov admits that the head of state ‘had a cold’
September 13-29, 2021: Putin goes into ‘self-isolation’, all events are held via video link
One version of the theories regarding Putin’s health is that he has been treated with steroids, leading to a bloated look around the face and neck.
There has been widespread speculation in the West that Putin had serious medical issues when he launched a war in Ukraine that estimates say has killed 17,000 Russian troops plus many Ukrainian defenders and civilians.
‘We promised to reveal to you the main secret of the Kremlin. Of course, we are talking about the health of Vladimir Putin,’ said Project media.
The report identified medics who regularly travel with Putin – who will be 70 in October – on trips, and especially in Sochi which Putin prefers to Moscow.
Apart from the thyroid cancer specialist, another was a neurosurgeon.
The report stated: ‘It is generally accepted that in the 23rd year of his reign, the President of Russia is only interested in geopolitics.
‘In fact, there is at least one other issue that Putin is hardly less worried about – his own health.’
It stated: ‘Putin has publicly shown interest in the problem of thyroid cancer.
‘In July 2020, he met with the head of the National Medical Research Center for Endocrinology, Ivan Dedov, who is the boss of Putin’s eldest daughter Maria [Vorontsova].’
Maria is a geneticist, aged 36, from his marriage to former Russian first lady Lyudmila Putina.
Neurosurgeon Oleg Myshkin, pictured, was awarded the title of Honored Doctor of Russia by Putin
‘Dedov told the president about the high prevalence of thyroid cancer and spoke about the new hormonal drug Tyrogin, which fights metastases after surgery.
‘”Recovery of 95-98%?” Putin asked and heard an affirmative answer.’
The report went on: ‘There is indeed talk in medical circles about the president’s health problems.
‘Especially these conversations intensified in the early autumn of last year, when Putin behaved especially strangely.
‘After a long stay in isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the head of state finally began to get out to meet people.
Vladimir Putin is ‘constantly’ accompanied by a doctor specialising in thyroid cancer, a new investigation shows
‘On September 13, he met with the Paralympian’s and even allowed the athletes to tightly surround him.
‘That is how, standing in a crowd of people, Putin suddenly announced that he had to go into isolation, because there were too many people around who were sick with the coronavirus.
‘The news came as a surprise even to the president’s entourage.
‘His press secretary was at first confused and refuted the chief – allegedly the president, speaking of isolation, expressed himself “figuratively”.
‘Nevertheless, the next day, Putin went into isolation, took part in the Duma elections from his own office and did not appear in public all September.
‘Whether the president was then undergoing some kind of medical manipulation is unknown, but after that he began to communicate with people at a very great distance – sitting on opposite sides of huge tables.
According to the report, in 2016, 12 doctors were ‘settled’ in the Run sanatorium. Rehabilitation specialist Dr Mikhail Tsykunov (pictured) was also there
‘In other words, if before Putin moved away from people in a figurative sense of the word, now he began to do it in the most direct way.’
The medical problems appeared to get worse from 2016-17.
Putin was at this time treated by another specialist Dr Dmitry Verbovoy, an expert in acute illnesses, injuries and poisonings.
Another was Dr Konstantin Sim, an orthopaedic traumatologist, possibly helping with ice hockey injuries.
‘The president was regularly accompanied to Sochi by an average of five doctors,’ said the report.
‘For example, on the same day he was with Sim, four more doctors lived in Rus [sanatorium], including ENT specialist Alexei Shcheglov and infectious disease specialist Yaroslav Protasenko.’
The reports says in 2016, head nurse Lyudmila Kadenkova (pictured) was ‘settled’ at the Run sanatorium alongside others
In November 2016, 12 doctors were ‘settled’ in the Run sanatorium.
‘First, a group of Putin’s personal doctors arrive, headed by Verbov.
‘Then a group of operating neurosurgeons from the Central Clinical Hospital, headed by department head Oleg Myshkin, joins them for two days.’
Resuscitator of the Central Clinical Hospital Dr Pavel Sharikov was present along with Dr Elena Rastrusina, a specialist in the neurosurgical department, and at the same time, head nurse Lyudmila Kadenkova.
A rehabilitation specialist was also there – Dr Mikhail Tsykunov.
‘The treatment obviously went well – on December 1, Putin was already addressing the federal assembly.
‘A year later, the President awarded Myshkin the title of Honored Doctor of Russia.’
The report said that Putin has five times suddenly disappeared from view on medically related absences.
Symptoms of thyroid cancer include the appearance of a thick nodule in the thyroid area; hoarseness of voice; difficulty swallowing; pain in the neck and throat; enlarged lymph nodes in the neck; a dry cough, scratchy or scratchy feeling in the throat or behind the sternum.
There have been previous claims that Putin had suffered from cancer, which were denied by the Kremlin.
Project was told by the Central Clinical Hospital that Dr Selivanov was ‘on a business trip’, and ‘it is not known when he will return.’
Dr Alexey Shcheglov is a surgeon originally with ENT training and he ‘follows Putin so relentlessly that during public events he allegedly gets into joint photographs with the head of state.’
He has visited Putin most often with 59 trips encompassing 282 days, said the report.
Evidence of the importance of Shcheglov can be considered the fact that last year his father, Nikolai Shcheglov, also a surgeon, was made an MP from [pro-Putin] United Russia.
Shcheglov is seen as ‘the doctor who, among other things, can be the first to detect problems with the thyroid gland, including oncological ones’, it is claimed.
Next came another ENT specialist Dr Igor Esakov with 38 trips to Putin, covering 152 days.
The third most frequent medic at Putin’s side was cancer surgeon Dr Selivanov, with 35 trips spanning 166 days.
Project did not specify the time period this covered.